Question: I recently underwent a hair transplant – about one month ago. I’m following up with my hair loss doctor this week and he recommended going in for PRP in two weeks to support and reinforce the work done in my original hair transplant. Is this a good thing to do?
Answer: In our experience, PRP has the potential to promote faster growth following a hair transplant. It may also help keep your existing hair growing (rather than progressing to further thinning). PRP done in conjunction with a hair transplant, or immediately following a hair transplant, leads to longer-lasting results in our clinical experience. We usually recommend PRP after surgery in order to support the non-transplanted hair.
At Modena Hair Institute in Orange County, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills we combine PRP with ACell (a type of stem cell) to better support the newly transplanted hairs. These stem cells secret potent stimulants, otherwise known as cytokines, which stimulate the growth of hair follicles. Scientific studies show that such stem cells may transform into new hair follicle cells.
All in all, our research has found that injections of PRP with ACell directly into the patient’s scalp can increase both the size and healthiness of hair follicles that have begun to shrink as a result of androgenetic alopecia or common genetic pattern baldness. This means that injections of platelet rich plasma can create thicker looking hair by promoting growth if the dormant follicles, slow the progression of some forms of hair loss, and help maintain hair transplantation results.
Every patient and every case of hair loss is unique, so platelet rich plasma may not necessarily the right treatment for everyone. At Modena Hair Institute we carefully diagnose the nature of your hair loss so that we can create a customized treatment plan that is right for you.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.